An Ideal Companion

Without even having to think about it, everyone knows that the phrase ?a man?s best friend? refers to a dog. This animal, which has been domesticated for many hundreds of years, is part of our lives; most often as a friend and companion but also as a helpmate on a farm or during a hunting expedition, sometimes as a film star, and as a true hero for the blind. But one thing never changes: a dog is a good and faithful friend. Did you know that National Dog Week was created to celebrate dogs and the role they play in our lives? This year, during the week of September 20 to 26, take a moment to consider what it would be like to live without them.

Owning a dog is not a right but a privilege and a huge responsibility. This is what the Canadian Kennel Club in partnership with the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CSPCA) would like to make the general public more aware of during this special week. It is very important to know about how to care for a dog before adopting your canine friend. We must provide him with a good home and a healthy diet as well as lots of regular exercise, affection and above all we must never abandon him. But there is much more to consider apart from these few basic rules. Does he come from a puppy mill? Was he mistreated? Does the food you give him contain cardboard? Have you thought of vaccinations? What about having him sterilized for his own well-being?

Make the most of National Dog Week to find out everything you need to know about caring for a dog. Take part in organized activities or visit a branch of the CSPCA in order to really appreciate how dogs contribute to our lives, while reflecting on the way we treat them.